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Eva LeWitt

Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston / Art

“I wasn’t really interested in objects,” the acclaimed American artist Sol LeWitt once said. “I was interested in ideas.” LeWitt often left instructions for assistants who were tasked with the actual production of the art. His belief that true artistry lies in the conceit behind a work rather than in the work itself, or in its process of creation, was foundational to both postmodernism and Conceptual art, and continues to influence artists to this day. His daughter Eva LeWitt, however, takes a far more hands-on approach with her large-scale sculpture-cum-installations made of industrial materials such as plastic, polyurethane, and rubber. For her latest commission—a site-specific wall hanging for Boston’s ICA—she rigorously cut through sheets of bright fiberglass to create meshy drapes of DayGlo color. LeWitt, just 34, is capturing the attention of major museums. Her artistic perspective admits a bit of her father’s influence, but is nonetheless uniquely her own. —C.J.F.

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